They're saying it's the most destructive since the 60's when modern rating began, and the 8th most deadly ever (#1 goes to a funnel that killed over 600). Definitely an eye opener.Thanks for showing that. I live in Missouri but on the other side of the state. I'm 64 years old and have never seen anything like that here. Got to really feel for those people!
from what i see on the pictures is that most of these houses were wood. maybe on a brick foundation. and on one of them the house which looks like it might be built from bricks is still standing....
As for the stone house comment, most of these homes are brick and were blown over by the 200+MPH wind shears. A stone home would stand no chance in a F4 or F5. Our weather reporters are to the point that they are saying if you don't have an underground tornado shelter you need to get in your car and drive away quickly.
those poor people, it broke my heart seeing it so close.If you want to survive this you'd better bring a bunker.
Note: it gets worse as you scroll down the page.
With all of the storms in the South, I've noticed people are surprised that basements aren't common here.My sister is in Kentucky, around Lexington. She said few houses have basements. Neither of my nephews have basements, her boyfriend has a cellar under the porch but his house is so old I don't know what condition the cellar is in. I think the ground is so rocky there the builders don't want to dig the basements because it would add too much to the cost of the house and make them unaffordable.
I know the cost of protecting your life or your family should be the moon but most people don't think ahead to storms or weather events. For the few people who want the basement I guess they are stuck buying a custom home.
Brick does not insure safety during a tornado. Most brick homes built today are "brick veneer". They are a frame house with a layer of brick "veneered" to the outside walls. This type of construction is sturdier than a vinyl covered home, but only because of the impact resistance of the walls.
Years ago houses and buildings were constructed with true brick walls. These walls were 3 layers of brick offset, interlocking, and all the gaps were filled with mortar. This type of wall is not currently constructed due to cost. Even these walls can be dropped by a tornado. Our county seat was struck by a tornado in April of this year. Most of the buildings on the main street were constructed prior to WW1 and have true 3 layer thick brick walls. 3 buildings collapsed in the storm and 4 more have been condemned as unsafe for habitation. We were very lucky; there were no deaths and only a few minor injuries in our county.
I don't know much about Joplin Mo geographicaly, but I do know that a lot of flat landers won't build basements due to flooding problems. I personaly love basements. I lived in my parents basement when I was young. The stove was down there. Basements are insulated by the earth. Warm in the winter and cool in the summer.I don't know how you can live in an area like that and not have a shelter, it blows my mind that some people don't even have basements there.